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Egypt’s Suez Canal Revenues Hit Record $6.3 Billion In 2021

24 March 2021, Egypt, Suez: A ship sails along the waterway of the Suez Canal after the resumption of the navigation traffic following the partial refloating of the “Ever Given”, a container ship operated by the Evergreen Marine Corporation. The state-run Suez Canal Authority (SCA) reported that eight tugboats are trying to shift the Panamanian supertanker after it ran aground in the southern end of the Suez Canal and blocked the traffic in both directions. The ship turned sideways in the Canal, while on route from China to Rotterdam, due to reduced visibility that resulted from a dust storm hitting the area, according to SCA. Photo: Ahmed Shaker/dpa (Photo by Ahmed Shaker/picture alliance via Getty Images)

 

The revenues of Egypt’s Suez Canal reached 6.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2021, the highest in the canal’s history, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Osama Rabie said on Sunday.

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The waterway has also registered the largest annual net tonnages of 1.27 billion tons in 2021, compared to 1.17 billion tons in 2020, an increase of 8.5 percent, Rabie added in a statement.

The revenues of the Suez Canal during 2021 achieved a significant increase of 12.8 percent, said Rabie, noting that the revenues of the canal recorded 5.6 billion dollars in 2020.

A total of 20,694 ships passed through both directions of the canal, compared to the transit of 18,830 ships in 2020, an increase of ten percent.

The Egyptian official stressed that the records reflect the flexibility of the SCA in dealing with crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In November 2021, the SCA announced it will increase the toll fees for the ships transiting through the canal by six percent as of February 2022.

The Suez Canal is a major lifeline for global seaborne trade since it allows ships to travel between Europe and South Asia without navigating around Africa, thereby reducing the sea voyage distance between Europe and India by about 7,000 kilometers.

Some 12 percent of the world trade volume passes through the man-made canal, which is a major source of hard currency in Egypt.

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